What to say to the court- Pro Se Family law divorce
This is a BASIC primer of what you need to say. You are always best represented by a lawyer as the decree will guide you for the rest of the time.
What to say to the courtYOUR TESTIMONY IN COURT When your last name is called, go up to the Bench in front of the Judge and hand him/her a copy of your Divorce Decree. You will be asked to raise your right hand to be sworn-in, Give the follow1ng testimony 11 it is true and correct: ((Your Honor, my name is , I am the Petitioner in this case. I am representing myself In Court today. " (1 have been a resident ahd domiciliary of Dallas County for 6 months preceding the filing of this divorce case, " ((Tbe Respondent and I were married on the -day of_, (year )-, and we separated and ceased to live together on or about the _day of_, (year)_, " ((The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities between the parties that has destroyed the legitimate ends of the marriage relationsh1p. There is no expectation of reconciliation, " IF THERE ARE NO CHILDREN OF THE MARRIAGE: ('There are no children born of this marriage, and none are adopted, and none are expected at this tIme. " IF THERE ARE CHILDREN OF THIE MARRIAGE: ((There are -chIldren born of this marriage, " ---(At this time, you will e;rplaln to the Court what provisions you have set forth concerning ConservatorshIp of the ch1ld(ren), i,e, Joint Managing Conservatorship or Sole and Possessory Con-?,ervatorship.) ---(At this time you will cxpla1n to the Court what provisions you have set forth concerning VJ'sitation of the chIld(ren),' ie, Standard Visitation per the Texas FamIlY Code.) ---(At this time you will explain to the Court what provisions you have set forth concernmg Child Support for the chIld(ren) to be withheld by payroll withholding; i,e. how much per J!1onth.) ('The partIes have divided all of the community property, persona!property, assets and debts as stated in the Decree of Divorce before Your Honor at this time," IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR A NAME CHANGE: (II ask that Your Honor restore my former name of';, , " (II ask that Your Honor grant this Divorce.. Thank you. " ---(At this tImec, J,Vait for the Judge to ask you any Questions he/she may have. If he/she signs your Divorce Decree, take it to the Clerk's offJ'ce to have your copies conformed.) ";5;; -~
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